Aug 17, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson (81) against the Buffalo Bills at the Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Bills 36-14. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Updates On Jerome Simpson And Robert Griffin III

Everyone’s waiting to find out what the heck is going on with Jerome Simpson’s leg. He played last Sunday against Tennessee but was totally ineffective. No explosion whatsoever. After the game it was revealed that Simpson had been dealing with leg numbness. This numbness was believed to be related to Simpson’s back problems but no one knew for sure. An MRI was ordered up. Wednesday was targeted as the day for more news.

Now it’s Wednesday and this is what we know about Jerome Simpson: He has a back issue, possibly disc-related, which is causing his leg issue. Thanks for clearing that up guys! But the good news is, the Vikings don’t think the problem is serious. Leslie Frazier said Wednesday morning that Simpson will rehab and they will monitor. And he might even get on the practice field a little Wednesday if things go well.

Meanwhile, this week’s opponent the Redskins are dealing with their own injury issues. The big news concerns star rookie QB Robert Griffin III. He took a big hit while sliding out of bounds last game and suffered a concussion. Mike Shanahan on Wednesday offered an update, saying Griffin will practice Wednesday and then take another concussion test. The Redskins won’t know until after Friday’s practice if Griffin will be cleared for Sunday’s game.

If Griffin can’t play, the Redskins will go with rookie back-up Kirk Cousins. Having Cousins in there instead of RG3 would obviously change things immensely from a game-planning point-of-view. Griffin adds a read-option element that Cousins doesn’t possess. The Vikes will undoubtedly prepare this week as though Griffin will be starting. And I have a feeling he will be starting. Call me clairvoyant.

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